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Sunday, den 26. May 2013

The recent brutal slaying of a gay man in New York City had all the trappings of a national news story, so why was it ignored by major cable news outlets? On May 17, Mark Carson was shot in the face and killed while walking home in New York’s Greenwich Village by a man who pelted him with anti-gay slurs and asked, ” You want to die tonight ?” Carson’s alleged killer, Elliot Morales, reportedly laughed as he was arrested by police, bragging about what he had done. The incident highlights a recent spike in anti-gay hate crimes both in New York City and across the country

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Sunday, den 10. March 2013

Last week, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) released a video condemning proposed assault weapons bans in Connecticut and at the federal level. The NSSF , the firearm industry’s trade association which is based out of Newtown, Conn., interviewed three Connecticut-Based gun manufacturers about how the bans, if implemented, would affect their businesses

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Friday, den 8. February 2013

There is no evidence that torture was an effective source of gathering intelligence against al-Qaeda, according to John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Brennan, who was the Deputy Executive Director of the CIA when the torture program began , was asked repeatedly by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) as to whether he was aware of any evidence that statements by Bush era-officials Jose Rodriguez , Michael Hayden , and Michael Mukasey that information gleaned from torture led to Osama bin Laden were correct. Brennan said there was not, admitting that there was no evidence to contradict the findings of a 6,000 page Senate report concluding that torture did not get bin Laden: LEVIN: [A]re you aware of any intelligence information that supports Mr

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Tuesday, den 5. February 2013

A Justice Department memo obtained by NBC News says that it would be lawful for the U.S. to kill an American citizen if “an informed, high-level official” of the government decided that the target was a top figure in Al Qaeda “or affiliated force” that posed “an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States” and if his capture was not feasible.

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Monday, den 4. February 2013

It shouldn’t have been this way.

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Monday, den 1. October 2012

The  latest weekly Drought Monitor update set another grim record.

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Thursday, den 20. September 2012

Modern Family ‘s Jesse Tyler Ferguson has launched a new campaign called Tie The Knot to raise funds for marriage equality by selling custom-made bow ties. In the video introducing the effort, Ferguson also announced that he will be marrying Justin Mikita, a lawyer who has been his boyfriend for nearly two years. The happy couple urges others to “suit up and tie the knot — so one day we can too!” Watch it:

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Tuesday, den 28. August 2012

Thomas Peterffy, who pioneered the computer-based high-frequency trading that generates millions of dollars in profits for big banks, said in an interview with NPR’s Planet Money that speed trading has gotten so fast that it now “ has absolutely no social value ”: Peterffy says automation has done some very good things for the world. It’s made buying and selling stocks much much cheaper for everyone.

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Tuesday, den 28. August 2012

Just one week after Rep.

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Saturday, den 25. August 2012

During an appearance on Fox News on Saturday morning, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) accused Obama of serving up a “crap sandwich.” “Let’s be very honest and let’s put this in military vernacular, if you’re feeding a person a crap sandwich with a smile, it’s still a crap sandwich,” West said. “That’s what you see coming from President Obama.

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Saturday, den 25. August 2012

Mitt Romney’s invocation of birtherism on Friday took his campaign to a new level of involvement with the bogus idea that President Obama is actually Kenyan-born and therefore ineligible to serve as Commander-in-Chief.

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Friday, den 24. August 2012

Yearning for a return to the gold standard — the monetary system in which paper dollars are backed by, and can exchanged for, a fixed amount of gold — has been on the rise in the Republican Party.

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Friday, den 24. August 2012

Mitt Romney joked about the right-wing conspiracy theory claiming that President Obama was born in Kenya, during a rally in Commerce, Michigan on Thursday afternoon.

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Thursday, den 23. August 2012

57 percent of Republicans hold strongly negative views of Muslims, according to a poll released today by the Arab American Institute . Just 26 percent hold favorable views of Muslims, while Arabs are equally unpopular among Republicans — 53 percent negative versus 27 positive.

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Thursday, den 23. August 2012

As Republicans continue to pile on Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) for saying victims of “legitimate rape” can’t get pregnant, Mike Huckabee has strengthened his support for the embattled Senate candidate

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Wednesday, den 22. August 2012

A week from the 2012 Republican National Convention, Republican committee members spent Tuesday articulating and affirming the principles they stand for in a draft of the official party platform. Led by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) and featuring other Tea Party stars like Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep.

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Tuesday, den 21. August 2012

Jonathan Chait has a long, and important, essay in New York about the extent to which our popular culture is liberal. But while I think the piece is required reading, and that Chait is largely correct about the extent to which Hollywood values are essentially if not particularly articulately liberal values, I want to quibble with him on a few issues.

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Tuesday, den 14. August 2012

Friends With Words: A Review of Joe Romm’s New Book  Language Intelligence by Rep. Ed Markey, via HuffPost In the war of words, it’s the words that win the war.

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Friday, den 10. August 2012

You can open accounts in dollars or gold bullion at the new Euro Pacific Bank Ltd, launched by Peter Schiff. this is an awesome idea.

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Wednesday, den 8. August 2012

When Husbands , the online sitcom about a professional baseball player and a TV star who get married in a drunken weekend in Vegas and decide to stay together in support of marriage equality and because they think they might actually be in love, premiered last year, I wrote that “setting yourself up as a model minority may be an important way to argue for legal rights, real equality means the right to make mistakes and bad decisions—and to work your way out of them.” While that’s true of the show’s main characters Brady (Sean Hemeon) and Cheeks (Brad Bell, also the Husbands co-creator, writer, and executive producer with TV veteran Jane Espenson), when it comes to experimenting to discover the future, it’s also true of Husbands itself, one of the pioneering high-quality ongoing shows to live online rather than on a broadcast network. What’s exciting about about Husbands , though, is how quickly the show has grown in scope and emotional ambition from its first season to its second, which premieres on August 15. A year’s acquaintance has richened the on-screen chemistry and affection between Hemeon and Bell, and Husbands has grown in confidence both in terms of the ideas it’s exploring and the team behind the show’s sense of the skills they’re developing by working on it.

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Tuesday, den 7. August 2012

Sen. Reid: “… deniers still exist, fueled and funded by dirty energy profits. These people aren’t just on the other side of this debate. They’re on the other side of reality.” It appears that advocates of clean energy are getting the message: If you want to talk about clean energy in a political context, you must talk about the environmental imperative.

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Monday, den 6. August 2012

Does recent polling hint that John Boehner will be weeping come Nov. 7th?

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

“As the ad’s announcer reads his script, a chryon runs at the bottom asking questions such as “What is [Obama's] connection to Bill Ayers ?” “What is his current relationship with Rev.

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

I have no proof but I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that “Pussy Riot” is some kind of CIA launched provocation outfit, in Russia. The mysterious female punk group went into a cathedral and started singing an anti-Putin song, …

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Saturday, den 4. August 2012

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce (SF Chamber), the San Francisco Travel Association, and the America’s Cup Organizing Committee (ACOC), in partnership with several City agencies, including the Port of San …

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Friday, den 3. August 2012

A San Francisco coalition of drug users is out to change the way that people perceive them. Wed, 08/01/2012 – 14:49

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Friday, den 3. August 2012

A new report details their excesses — including an average CEO salary of $7.3 million. Tue, 07/31/2012 – 15:57

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Friday, den 3. August 2012

Exploring the deeper tenets of Mormon theology.

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Friday, den 27. July 2012

By Clarence Lusane, August 2012 issue Aging and redistricting are taking their toll on this embodiment of black politics.

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Friday, den 27. July 2012

There’s a lazy, irritating strain running through the critical reaction to The Dark Knight Rises .

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Monday, den 16. July 2012

Author John Robbins talks about the science of soy, meat production, our “disease care system,” and how MLK Jr. influenced his work.

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Friday, den 29. June 2012

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, right-wing media figures claimed Chief Justice Roberts’ decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act shows that he’s liberal. But Roberts’ recognizing the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act doesn’t change his record as presiding over the most conservative and corporate-friendly court in recent history. Right-Wing Media Attack Roberts As A Liberal Big Government: “Thanks To President Bush ..

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Sunday, den 3. June 2012

Many have complained about this photo of Air Force Sgt. Terran Echegoyen McCabe, left, and Staff Sgt. Christina Luna feeding their babies. (Source: Brynja Sigurdardottir) A local group’s effort to support breastfeeding mothers at Fairchild Air Force Base outside of Spokane, Washington has opened a debate about whether it is appropriate for military women to breastfeed their children while in uniform. The controversy started with staged pictures a photographer took of two mothers for a breastfeeding awareness campaign. But because Sgt. Terran Echegoyen McCabe and Staff Sgt. Christina Luna serve in the Air Force and were breastfeeding in uniform, critics attacked the photos and called it a “disgrace to the uniform.” There are many restrictions on a servicemember’s behavior while wearing their uniform: bans on walking and smoking and walking and eating, no chewing gum, and even a Navy rule against pumping gas while in a work uniform. But according to Air Force spokeswoman Captain Rose Richeson, the Air Force has no rule against a woman breastfeeding while wearing her uniform. “Airmen should be mindful of their dress and appearance and present a professional image at all times while in uniform,” she said . That did not stop the complaints that breastfeeding in public was equivalent to urinating in public and criticism that it broke with military tradition. As Mother Jones’ Adam Weinstein explains , the concerns about disrespecting the uniform have been widespread online: “So this is the modern military… No apparent sense of military bearing, personal restraint, or consideration for the uniform is required ,” Army veteran Rob McCaskell complained on the photographer’s Facebook page. “You wanted attention….congratulations on a mission accomplished and further showing how the military is so easily exploited to further a social or political agenda.” The traditionalist impulse, though, isn’t unique to conservatives or men. In fact, when it comes to breastfeeding, it’s so pervasive that even some military women side with the cultural fuddy-duddies. “Women before us have worked too hard to earn and retain the respect of their male peers,” wrote one commenter on the exhaustive website breastfeedingincombatboots.com, who identified herself as a retired Marine officer. But it should not be “unmilitary” for women to breastfeed their children while in uniform. To help working mothers, the Affordable Care Act requires employers to accommodate women who are breastfeeding. And in August, a provision providing breastfeeding support at no cost to women will go into effect Instead of turning into a fight over what is appropriate for women in the military, these photos should be an opportunity to serve their intended purpose: raise awareness and support for every woman who chooses to breastfeed.

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Saturday, den 2. June 2012

UPDATE:  Banfield clarified her remarks on Friday’s edition of CNN’s  Early Start.  Her statement,  via  Mediaite: I made some comments yesterday that ended up getting a lot of traction out there, not only on Twitter but elsewhere. And I want to be very, very clear about what my comments were about. I probably misspoke and mangled words, but I want to be very clear. When I said that incest and pedophilia involve people who don’t have a choice — victims who don’t have a choice — and then said a gay relationship, you do have a choice, they are not crimes. Gay people involved in relationships are not committing any crimes at all. However, those who perpetrate incest and perpetrate pedophilia are committing crimes. I don’t know that my comments were taken in that light and I certainly hope they were, but in no way did I ever want to suggest that being gay is a choice. It is not. And I probably used the word “lifestyle choice” — not what I meant to say at all. Being gay is not a choice; being in a voluntary gay relationship is a choice. It is not a crime. So I hope that at least clears up any of the comments I made after that story of the pastor. And in no way do I agree with or stand by any of the comments that that pastor made either. ORIGINAL POST: During the Thursday edition of CNN’s Early Start , co-anchor Ashleigh Banfield reported on comments made by Kansas Pastor Curtis Knapp, who recently called for the government to kill gays and lesbians . In an exclusive CNN interview, Knapp clarified his comments, stating: We punish pedophilia, we punish incest, we punish polygamy and various things. It’s only homosexuality that is lifted out as an exemption. Banfield wasn’t pleased by Knapp’s attempt to compare homosexuality to pedophilia and incest. In her attempt to discredit Knapp’s explanation, however, she claimed that, unlike pedophilia and incest, “homosexuality is a lifestyle choice by people. It is voluntary”: BANFIELD: Pedophilia is not by choice, last I checked. In his sermon, Pastor Knapp blamed the Bush administration for its tolerance of gay people. Says that he claims that set the stage, in fact, for the Obama administration to endorse same-sex marriage. Like I said, you can’t make this stuff up. Unbelievable. Speechless, right? BANFIELD: Again, we gotta outline here, when he says “they punish incest and pedophilia,” please. Those things are often not by choice and are crimes. Homosexuality is a lifestyle choice by people. It is voluntary. While Banfield was clearly trying condemn Knapp’s anti-gay remarks, she ended up doing a lot more harm than good. A person’s sexual orientation is not a “lifestyle choice”  or voluntary – it is an immutable part of their identity. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), “most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.” Scientific research has demonstrated that a person’s sexual orientation is not a matter of choice but rather ” primarily neurological at birth .” According to molecular biologist Dean Hamer, sexual orientation is regarded in the scientific community as a phenotype and is ” deeply rooted in biology .” More importantly, the claim that gay people can simply choose to not be gay is a favorite talking point of some of the country’s most notorious anti-gay organizations. Groups like the National Organization for Marriage , Family Research Council , American Family Association have all used the idea that gay people can voluntarily change their sexual orientation as a justification for denying equality to gays and lesbians. The “lifestyle choice” myth is also at the heart of efforts to “cure” gay people through “ex-gay” therapy, which has been discredited as ineffective and potentially harmful by nearly every major professional medical organization in America. In other words, in her attempt to mock Knapp’s extreme anti-gay remarks, Banfield ended up reinforcing one of the right’s most damaging myths about LGBT people. “Unbelievable” is right. 

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Wednesday, den 30. May 2012

During today’s Squawk Box , CNBC co-anchor Joe Kernen assisted guest Donald Trump’s effort to push debunked claims about President Obama’s birthplace by citing a supposed quote from Obama in which Obama purportedly suggested that he wasn’t born in the United States. The quote is an internet hoax and was never said by Obama, who was born in Hawaii. After reading the fake quote, Kernen said that “the question is whether there was a time in Obama’s life where he thought it was, I don’t know, more attractive to be a more international type guy and maybe didn’t change the impression that he wasn’t. I don’t know.” He sourced the quote to a “report that was on some of the conservative websites” and added that he hasn’t “even confirmed it.” Watch: KERNEN: There is a weird — in that same report that was on some of the conservative websites and I haven’t even confirmed it, Donald, but there was a quote from one of his debates when he was running for state senator, I believe, and one of his opponents said, well, you know, you weren’t — this was at the time when it still — the Kenya thing was still on some of his biographies or something and the guy said, ‘Well, you know, you weren’t even born here,’ and he said, ‘Well, it doesn’t matter if I wasn’t born here, I’m running for — I’m not running for president’ at the time. And it was a quote that looked like it was right from a debate. I don’t know whether you saw it. I’m going to look it up right now. TRUMP: There was a quote — KERNEN: — but from him. And almost so — but the question is whether there was a time in his life where he thought it was, I don’t know, more attractive to be a more international type guy and maybe didn’t change the impression that he wasn’t. I don’t know. The CNBC anchor appears to be referring to an internet rumor about an exchange that allegedly happened during a 2004 Illinois debate between Alan Keyes and then-state senator Obama during their campaign for the state’s U.S. Senate seat. However, an adviser to the 2004 Keyes campaign who attended the Keyes-Obama debates told Media Matters that the purported exchange is a “hoax.”

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Monday, den 7. May 2012

In his May 5 column , former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller noted that the “Fox News Primary probably did more to nominate Mitt Romney than New Hampshire or Michigan” and  that despite the “acid rain of criminal charges” against News Corp. for its recent scandals, “at least for Americans — Fox News is Murdoch’s most toxic legacy”: In this beleaguered family of news enterprises, Fox is the good son. It is the most reliable profit center, expected to net a billion dollars this fiscal year. It is untainted so far by the metastasizing scandals. It is a source of political influence more durable than Murdoch’s serial romances with British prime ministers. This year the Fox News Primary probably did more to nominate Mitt Romney than New Hampshire or Michigan. And yet I would argue that — at least for Americans — Fox News is Murdoch’s most toxic legacy. My complaint is that Fox pretends very hard to be something it is not, and in the process contributes to the corrosive cynicism that has polarized our public discourse. I doubt that people at Fox News really believe their programming is “fair and balanced” — that’s just a slogan for the suckers — but they probably are convinced that what they have created is the conservative counterweight to a media elite long marinated in liberal bias. They believe that they are doing exactly what other serious news organizations do; they just do it for an audience that had been left out before Fox came along. But we try to live by a code, a discipline, that tells us to set aside our personal biases, to test not only facts but the way they add up, to seek out the dissenters and let them make their best case, to show our work. We write unsparing articles about public figures of every stripe — even, sometimes, about ourselves. When we screw up — and we do — we are obliged to own up to our mistakes and correct them. Fox does not live by that code. (Especially the last part. In a speech at the University of North Carolina last month, [Fox News chairman Roger] Ailes boasted, “In 15 years, we have never taken a story down because we got it wrong.” Gosh, even the pope only claims to be infallible on special occasions.) For a salient point of reference, compare Fox’s soft-pedaling of the Murdoch troubles with the far more prominent coverage in The Wall Street Journal, which has managed under Murdoch’s ownership to retain its serious-journalism DNA. Keller went on to ask if “anyone [could] imagine Fox airing an unloaded profile of anyone left of center.” Fox has regularly violated journalistic ethics under Murdoch and Ailes’ claim that Fox News has never had to issue a retraction is simply not true .

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Thursday, den 26. January 2012

Over the last two weeks, Fox has repeatedly promoted the claim that voter fraud is indicated by records showing that more than 900 South Carolina residents were recorded as casting a vote after their reported death date.  Lou Dobbs, Bill Hemmer , and  Neil Cavuto  all gave state Attorney General Alan Wilson a platform to offer up this assertion, and on Monday  Bret Baier  reported that Wilson had notified the Justice Department of this “potential voter fraud.” These claims were always shaky, and have now completely dissolved. On January 11, state Department of Motor Vehicles director Kevin Schwedo  testified  before the state legislature that his analysts had compared state Election Commission records with data from the Department of Vital Statistics and the Social Security Administration and found 957 people who could have voted after they had died. He subsequently turned the data over to law enforcement.  But the Columbia  Free-Times ‘ Corey Hutchins  reports  that the Election Commission has examined six names from the list — the only six names Wilson’s office had turned over. At a hearing this morning, the agency revealed that none of those cases involved a ballot actually being cast in a deceased person’s name: In a news release election agency spokesman Chris Whitmire handed out prior to the hearing, the agency disputed the claim that dead people had voted. One allegedly dead voter on the DMV’s list cast an absentee ballot before dying; another was the result of a poll worker mistakenly marking the voter as his deceased father; two were clerical errors resulting from stray marks on voter registration lists detected by a scanner; two others resulted from poll managers incorrectly marking the name of the voter in question instead of the voter above or below on the list. The attorney general’s office had only given the State Election Commission six names off its list of 957 names to examine. The agency found every one of them to be alive and otherwise eligible to vote, except for the one who had voted before dying.   This was entirely predictable.

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Thursday, den 26. January 2012

While I can’t claim to have heard every piece of commentary uttered about President Obama’s State of the Union address, I can state quite comfortably that Fox News host Chris Wallace offered the most vapid commentary on the affair: There were a lot of small-bore things. There was a trade unit he created and a financial crimes unit and worker retraining. The only problem there, again, is this is year four of the Obama presidency. If these were such good ideas, why didn’t he do them in years one, two and three? Set aside the unprecedented obstructionism Obama has faced from congressional Republicans, who have made no secret of their plans to manufacture a “Waterloo” moment for Obama, and who have stated that their top goal is to ensure that Obama is a one-term president. Wallace’s critique implies that the clock has already run out on Obama and new ideas. You know who else had ideas in the fourth year of his presidency? Ronald Reagan. There he was, all three years into his time in office, laying out the state of the union and pushing ideas big and small that he didn’t do in years one, two, or three. Reagan isn’t even alone. George W. Bush and Bill Clinton also used State of the Union addresses to present ideas — even after they had already been president for three whole years. In fact, that the president of the United States would present ideas on how to strengthen the state of the union is the whole point of the thing: He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient WATCH:

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Monday, den 16. January 2012

In a January 11 Washington Times editorial titled, “Shariah In America’s Courts,” the paper claimed a recent federal appeals court case which blocked an Oklahoma constitutional amendment which would have prevented judges from considering international laws in their decisions meant “Koranic law” was “coming to a city near you.” The editorial further claimed, “in the liberal judicial-activist framework, anything goes.” From The Washington Times: A panel of federal judges has ruled that states cannot protect their courts from jurists who base their decisions on international or Koranic law. America needs better judges. On Tuesday, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal district court order blocking implementation of an amendment to the Oklahoma constitution that sought to ban judges from using international or Muslim law as a basis for deciding cases. The amendment was approved in November 2010 by a 70 percent popular vote but has never been enforced. Plaintiff Muneer Awad, executive director of the Oklahoma branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), argued that the amendment infringed on his First Amendment rights. The appeals court agreed. It should be obvious that judges shouldn’t look outside the laws and traditions of their jurisdictions when deciding cases, but in the liberal judicial-activist framework, anything goes. Whether it’s the latest thinking from the United Nations or Muslim activists, the currently fashionable, best-selling dogma of social science or simply random emanations of penumbrae, the modern activist jurist doesn’t feel bound by stuffy conventions like a literal reading of the law, the intent of the legislature that passed it or the hoary old hand of precedent. Indeed, judicial activists only value precedent when they read a novel doctrine into case law and then demand it be given reverence by all who follow. Previously: Wash. Times Parrots Bogus Attack On Kagan And Shariah Law Wash. Times Fabricates Photo Of Kagan In Turban In Attempt To Tie Her To Shariah The Wash. Times’ Obama-Muslim Picture Book

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Saturday, den 3. December 2011

Tucker Carlson’s news website The Daily Caller is clinging to a dubious study to push the discredited claim that women who have had abortions are at greater risk for developing breast cancer. Public health experts have long maintained that no such link exists. TheDC Points To Armenian Study To Promote Link Between Abortion And Breast Cancer  Daily Caller: “Study Shows Link Between Breast Cancer And Abortion, Cancer Institute: No Way.” A Daily Caller article headlined, “Study Shows Link Between Breast Cancer And Abortion, Cancer Institute: No Way,” reported: Pro-life advocates have argued for years that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer — due to hormonal changes during pregnancy which leave breasts more vulnerable to cancer. Despite their advocacy, the Department of Health and Human Services denies that there is any link. On Monday the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer pointed to a new study which found a nearly 3-fold increase in the risk of breast cancer among Armenian women who had an abortion as yet another reason women should steer clear of the procedure. The research found that induced abortions increased a woman’s risk of beast cancer [sic] 2.86 times — they claim however that “most evidence … points to no effect.” The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer contends that political correctness was the reason the researchers claimed there is no link. [The Daily Caller, 11/29/11 ] Public Health Experts Have Long Maintained That There Is No Link Between Abortion And Breast Cancer Public Health Expert David Grimes: Study’s Methodology Was “Grossly Inadequate.” In an interview with Media Matters , Dr. David Grimes, a clinical professor of OB/GYN at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and former chief of the Abortion Surveillance Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, called the study’s methodology “one of the worst” he had seen. He stated that it was “grossly inadequate to attempt to gather detailed personal histories about women’s reproductive lives by telephone,” adding that the study was not designed to study the relationship between abortion and cancer.  “In studies of this type,” he said, “the persistent under-reporting of prior abortions among healthy controls (social desirability bias) produces a spurious relationship between abortion and later breast cancer.” Hence, studies that “rely on only self-reports of abortion (as opposed to medical records) are not credible.” [ Media Matters, 12/1/11 ] American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: No Causal Relationship Between Induced Abortion and Breast Cancer Risk. The American Cancer Society notes that public health experts have rejected past studies trying to link abortion to breast cancer: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Gynecologic Practice also reviewed the available evidence in 2003 and again in 2009. ACOG published its most recent findings in June 2009. At that time, the Committee said, “Early studies of the relationship between prior induced abortion and breast cancer risk were methodologically flawed. More rigorous recent studies demonstrate no causal relationship between induced abortion and a subsequent increase in breast cancer risk.” In 2004, the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, based out of Oxford University in England, put together the results from 53 separate studies done in 16 different countries. These studies included about 83,000 women with breast cancer. After combining and reviewing the results from these studies, the researchers concluded that “the totality of worldwide epidemiological evidence indicates that pregnancies ending as either spontaneous or induced abortions do not have adverse effects on women’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer.” These experts did not find that abortions (either induced or spontaneous) cause a higher breast cancer risk. At this time, the scientific evidence does not support the notion that abortion of any kind raises the risk of breast cancer or any other type of cancer. [American Cancer Society, Revised 9/20/11 ] Study Of Premenopausal Women Found No Association Between Abortion And Breast Cancer. An April 2007 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found no link between abortion and breast cancer. The study analyzed information from women between the ages of 29 and 46 years old and concluded: Among this predominantly premenopausal population, neither induced nor spontaneous abortion was associated with the incidence of breast cancer. [ Archives of Internal Medicine , 4/23/07 ] Planned Parenthood: “Studies Have Shown That Abortion Is Not Associated With Breast Cancer.” Planned Parenthood has noted: Studies have shown that abortion is not associated with breast cancer. Undaunted by the absence of compelling evidence, anti-choice extremists insist on making the connection anyway. Once more they are using misinformation as a weapon in their campaign against safe, legal abortion. Anti-choice claims linking abortion and breast cancer fly in the face of scientific evidence. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), the American Cancer Society (ACS), and The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) have all refuted the reliability of such an association (ACOG, 2003; ACS, 2003; NCI, 2003). [Planned Parenthood For America, Updated 8/9/06 ] NIH’s National Cancer Institute: Abortions Do Not Increase Risk Of Breast Cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute: In February 2003, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) convened a workshop of over 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk. Workshop participants reviewed existing population-based, clinical, and animal studies on the relationship between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, including studies of induced and spontaneous abortions. They concluded that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer. A summary of their findings can be found in the Summary Report: Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer Workshop . NCI regularly reviews and analyzes the scientific literature on many topics, including various risk factors for breast cancer. Considering the body of literature that has been published since 2003, when NCI held this extensive workshop on early reproductive events and cancer, the evidence overall still does not support early termination of pregnancy as a cause of breast cancer. [National Cancer Institute, Updated 1/12/10 ] USA Today : “Researchers Found No Greater Rate Of Breast Cancer” Among Women Who Had Had Abortions. USA Today reported on the results of a 2007 Harvard study finding no link between abortion and breast cancer: The new study, appearing in Monday’s Archives of Internal Medicine, looked at data from 105,716 women participating in the Nurses’ Health Study, which was established in 1976 to study a wide range of health issues affecting women. The women, ages 29 to 46 at the start of the study, were followed for 10 years. Every two years, they were asked about abortions, miscarriages and new breast cancer diagnoses. The researchers looked at medical records to confirm the diagnoses. The researchers found no greater rate of breast cancer among the women who reported having abortions, compared to the other women. They saw no greater risk associated with multiple abortions and no greater risk linked with miscarriages. [ USA Today , 4/23/07 ] Anti-Choice Centers Use Discredited Studies As “Scare Tactics” WSJ: Anti-Choice Centers Masquerading As Health Clinics Use Misinformation About Abortion As “Scare Tactics.” On October 12, 2010, The Wall Street Journal reported: “These are anti-choice centers masquerading as health clinics,” said Ms. Lapin, a Manhattan Democrat. “Women who are scared and vulnerable and having a very tough decision to make have a right to factually accurate medical information, and the fact that these folks would purposely try to mislead them is not right.”             To demonstrate support for the legislation, NARAL Pro-Choice New York Foundation and the National Institute for Reproductive Health, organizations that support abortion rights, will release Tuesday a report exposing what they call the “lies, manipulations and privacy violations” of these centers. The groups sent women pretending to be pregnant to the centers, and they received misinformation and experienced scare tactics, the report says. At one center in Queens, a woman was falsely told abortion could cause breast cancer, and there was literature there asking, “Is it really necessary to kill your baby?” the report says. [ The Wall Street Journal, 10/12/10 ]

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